tv Prime Ministers Questions From the British House of Commons CSPAN September 19, 2016 12:30am-1:01am EDT
potential to create jobs and save country billions of pounds and play role. ccs is critical to, so can the prime minister tell the house when the it will publish new strategy? >> thank you, thank you. can i first of all say that the issue of climate change and reducing omissions and energy policy are very important to this government. we have a fine record in this area and we will be continuing to do that. but on the issue of carbon capture and storage, this has been looked at carefully in the past. it's one of the key issues around this is the cost. we will continue to invest in the development of ccs, we are developing over 130 million to develop the technology through innovation support with the aim of reducing its cost and so we will continue to look at the role that it can play.
>> thank you, mr. speaker. i know that schools have to make the best use of their resources. that's why i was shock today learn that schools in the northwest are charged 27 billion pounds on water charges, would prime minister agree with me that government make representations to change the bounding guidance that schools are committed -- considered community assets while classified in the same way as big business? >> can i first of all commend my honorable friend and others in this house who play a rule in school government. she's right that schools need to think carefully how they are using resources. we are actually looking at the guidance to water companies in relation to how they can deal with schools and whether they are looking at schools and using more rates in relation to schools. >> thank you very much, mr. speaker.
the prime minister may be aware of corruption and fraud in northern ireland, can the prime minister confirm what agencies will be investigating those and crime agency will be involved and report publicly and published? >> i have to say to the honorable gentleman on the specific issue that he has raised and will come back on details on that as he know it is national crime agency operates in northern ireland, and it will be necessary issues where they are being looked at into but i will write detail answer to his question. >> will the prime minister give support as they reach a crucial stage of negotiations which we hope will deliver a noashed
settlement for a free and united cypress? >> yes, i'm happy to join my right honorable friend in what she said. i think it's important, i think everybody across this house will wish and hope they have a successful conclusion. >> lisa. >> it's been two years since the prime minister set child abuse inquiry. it's up to fourth chair and last week the outgoing chair said unmanageable. will she insist that she comes before the house, surely child abuse deserve an explanation. >> first of all, on the process that she has raised with me, it's not for the prime minister to insist who attends for the committee of this house, i understand they have been invited to attend committee. all i will say on child abuse issue, she and i share, many
honorable members, a desire to see these issues of appalling crimes of child abuse being properly looked into, it's important that the inquiry, the truth project, many aspects of this which are already in place and operating and i'm very pleased that alexis has taken on the role, she would do this work extremely well and we would have answers to questions that so many have been asking for too long. >> thank you, mr. speaker. child exploitation is an issue that affect many communities, will she agree to an independent review of child sexual exploitation? >> i think my honorable friend has just shown the cross-party concern that there is on this issue of child abuse and child sexual exploitation.
it is absolutely right what my honorable friend said that we are able to look at the abuses in the past and crimes in the past, important lesson that is we need to learn from that as to why institutions that are supposed to protect children fail today protect children. it's for the authorities to look at specifically how they wish to address these issues, but i'm sure she wants to take that up. >> diana johnson. >> following the successful independent panels, will the prime minister look at review of the biggest treatment of the nhs, the scandal, still waiting for answers years on? >> the honorable lady raises an important point in relation to contaminated blood. i will take the point she has made and consider it.
obviously she will know that the reasons and background which led to the independent panel that i recognized the concern that people have about contaminated flood and will consider the points that she has made. >> mr. speaker. the prime minister would be aware of coverage regarding a report to be published dye casey, -- casey, such as christmas being threatened from political correctness of officials. will the prime minister take this opportunity to send a loud and clear message that the best way to secure a harmomiuos society, to respect minority traditions, but also that b officials respect views and traditions of mainstream britain
and that means -- [shouting] >> that means christmas -- [shouting] >> do i -- i do agree with my honorable friend. it's an important piece of work. i will simply join him in saying this, that what we want to see in our society is tolerance and understanding but we also -- we want majority communities to be able to recognize and stand up for their traditions but we also want to be able to stand up for our traditions generally as well and that includes christmas. >> thank you, mr. speaker. would the prime minister look very carefully at the calls from the british leg own for new questions to be added to the next to meet better needs of the personnel, armed forces and veterans and their families.
would she look carefully at the distribution of funding so that there is equitable funding across all regions and countries of the united kingdom? >> i am please that had it was this government that introduce it had military covenant and recognized the importance of that -- those serving in armed forces and important veterans in armed forces. that will certainly be looked at . >> does she agree that the cooperation between russia and the united states in respect to the letter sent interest to develop link with russia and
many more problems in that region? >> my honorable friend is right that the agreement that has been reached between russia and united states about syria is an important agreement and i think everybody in this house want to see that working being put into practice and actually working on the ground. i would say that there has been a number of occasions where we seem what appears to be step forward and sadly it hasn't been possible to implement them. i hope this would be different and mark important step. in relation to russia, i think we should have no doubt about the relationship we should have with russia, it's not a business relationship as usual. i made that clear when i was responding on the report and we should continue with that position. >> george howard. >> the prime minister kennedy and crime commission in
commending the bravery, tremendous bravery of the police officers involved in the stabbing incident in my constituency and police being asked to do more and more with fewer and fewer resources? >> well, once again, i join the hon -- honorable gentleman, i think if i said earlier, our police officers brave i will go where others wouldn't go in order to protect the public. they do so much in the line of duty but also when they're off duty swell, they're prepared to go and face danger in order to protect us.
on the issue of resources, i would simply remind him that we have protected police budget over the period of the comprehensive review spending settlement. >> order. >> you have been watching prime minister's questions from the british house of commons. you can find these on www.c-span.org, and other british affairs programs. u.k.iday, outgoing independence party leader nigel farage if his final address to members and supporters. after leaving the campaign for the united kingdom to leave the
thank you. thank you. ladies and gentlemen, thank you. thank you for that fantastic welcome. we did it. we got our country back. [applause] and we would not have done it without you. the people's army of ukip and i am proud of every single one of you. thank you. [applause] nigel farage: the events of june the 23rd, we realized we were going to win, it felt to be like a fairytale come true. because this has been a very long journey, indeed. 25 years ago, i joined the anti-federalist league. not many people can say that.
[laughter] nigel farage: because they were not many of us. in 1993, it became ukip and i said to myself, it does not matter that all my friends and family and business colleagues think i have gone mad. it does not matter to me that history says it is impossible to get a new political party off the ground enough country. to me, it was very simple. all those years ago, it was a matter of principle. i believe we should govern our own country. [applause] farage: six weeks after the party had been formed, a conservative member of parliament died overnight and there was an election. a penny,ght, in for in for a pound.
i volunteered and i was the first ever adopted candidate of the uk independence party. i went out there and i campaigned and i did my best and i can tell you, on the night of the results, by a crushing, votes, igin of 164 waas elected. [applause] nigel farage: it was difficult to get more than about 1% for us in those days. but things changed in 1999 with the advent of proportional representation for the european elections. and nobody thought that we had a chance. i always did. and it will never forget that night when three of us were elected and ukip was just beginning to get on in real terms of the political map. i will never forget that feeling. i was interviewed, my first ever live interview was with meridian. i think bill is in the room today. i had not had media training or
anything like that. it was a live interview. past 1:00 in the morning, he said to me, "congratulations, nigel, you have said you were going to do it and you have." week, it will be off to the european parliament. you'll find a never ending realm of invitations for luncheons, dinners, and champagne receptions." "think hehe said, will become corrupted by the lifestyle?" i said, "no, i have always lived like that." [applause] nigel farage: well, at least it was true. [applause] went on year we after year, being part of ukip. dramatic failures, all the things that happen within any clinical party.
but we first really, we first really got onto the political big-time early in 2013. early in 2013, when suddenly the british public realized that what we had to say about the taboo subject, the subject you are not supposed to discuss in polite company. the subject that new labour made, even raising it, as if somehow you were committing a criminal offense. yes, we were frightened to talk honestly and openly about the need for sensible immigration into this country. and we talked about it. [applause] nigel farage: and we talked about it and it was rapidly becoming the number one issue in british politics that nobody else would even touch the subject. they couldn't touch of the subject excessive are all committed to the membership of the european union, which meant the free movement of up to 500
million people. suddenly, we got a big score. we went to the county elections of that year. and i remember, i was due in milbank, where all the broadcasters are. i was due there around 9:00 to do some interviews about ukip, getting 23% of the votes. i didn't get 100 yards from the entrance and i saw a big wrong of cameramen and photographers. "crikey,ught, something really big must've happened." [laughter] nigel farage: i was quite oblivious to what we had done. we had gone on from there. we won the european elections in 2014. [applause] nigel farage: the first party that was not labor authority to win a national election since 19 o06.
without us, there would have been no referendum. [applause] nigel farage: without you, without you and the people's army, there would have been no ground campaign and together, we have changed the course of british history. [cheers and applause] nigel farage: and we have brought down a prime minister. [applause] and we have got rid of the chancellor. [cheers and applause] nigel farage: i forget what i called him now. [laughter] nigel farage: and we got rid of a european commissioner. [applause] nigel farage: i said four years ago, i predicted that ukip would cuaause an earthquake in british
politics. well, we have. we have. [applause] so, the question is, what now? we have a new prime minister, who has said that brexit means brexit. a new prime minister, who when she started, looked to be surefooted on this issue. but i have a feeling that things are beginning to change. when i saw her at the g-20 making a speech afterwards, she said that the british people voted in the referendum for some control of immigration from the european union. no prime minister. we voted to take back control of our borders, simple as. [applause] nigel farage: and we have
cabinet ministers like the home secretary, still fighting the referendum, suggesting last weekend that it might cost us 50 quid to get a visa to go on a booze cruise to calais. half of this cabinet not only failed to support the winning side of the referendum, but it seems to me they want to do their upmost to keep us part of the single market. there is going to be a great political battle ahead. and my concern would be this, with labor in the mess that mess,in, and boy, it is a isn't it? a leadership election going on and yet, there is no conversation with the labour voters or more that voted for brexit. but with labour in trouble and conservatives perhaps heading to 2020 in a very comfortable and
easy position, with temptation on the premise to, it will be to go for a soft brexit, as opposed to a hard brexit. we can be very proud of the fact that we won the war, but we now must win the peace. and the only mechanism to put pressure on the government to keep the debate live, and to makree sure that those 17.4 million people to get what they voted for. and needs to be healthy strong. [applause] we will find out at 1:30 who our new leader is. i'm guessing it is going to be at her. but we will see. i wish them the very best of luck. my job is not to metal.
my job is not to try to influence. but my job will be, if that leader wants any help or advice, aboutake no mistake it, i am still behind this party and its aims. [applause] nigel farage: steve, who stood beside me for six years as chairman of the party, and if you think being leader of ukip is difficult, you might want to try being chairman. i would have to say that if at 's topoint in time, ukip get recognized for their contribution to british political life, bearing in mind, that democrats have over 100 peers in the house of lords. if anything like that were to come our way, then i think steve, you should be top of our list for everything you have
done for this party. [applause] steve talked about reform. he talks about change. remember this. ukip was a grassroots political party. ukip did not have any 1990's any well-known national figures. it did not even have until monday 99 elected representatives. it was a grassroots party. we chose to manage ourselves of a committee of willing volunteers. and that was fine then. but we have moved on, haven't we? we are now the third biggest political party in this country. we have to change our management structures and we have to guard because one of the problems of success is that it brings people into the party who perhaps don't do it for altruistic gains for the country or its people, but
perhaps, are more motivated by their professional careers in politics. [applause] so, there are things that need to change. but in essence, in essence, i know from the referendum campaign and since, i know this party is united. i know this party is strong. you have only got to look at the seeelections to that since the referendum, ukip is winning. there are many people out there who identify as ukip voters. they believe us. they trust us. they think we are speaking up for them. we have changed the gravity of british politics. the fact that many of the things we have campaigned on, whether it is grammar schools, foreign aid, or whatever it may be, the
fact that they are talking about this does not mean they will deliver it. it is us that has to be pushing all of those agendas. not only are there millions of people out there who feel loyal to us, but i don't think that the harvest of votes that we could potentially get from the labour party has really even started yet. [applause] ways,farage: in many jeremy corbyn is a very decent and principled man. that he does not believe in britain. he does not even want to sing the national anthem. he, whend it, didn't it came to the referendum? and i think we got fantastic potential and whales and elsewhere, in picking up labor votes. and believe me, if brexit doesn't mean brexit, then i think they'll be a very large number of conservatives who will
say, "there is only one party that we can support." it will judge whether brexit means brexit for me, on three very simple measures. by the time the next general election comes along, will we have back our territorial fishing waters around the coast of the united kingdom? [applause] willil will be outside the single market, so that 90% of our businesses that don't trade with europe don't get regulated by europe? and above all, the test of brexit, the only time we will really note -- you might have seen this before, actually. the only time we will know if brexit means brexit is if that has been put in the bin and we
get back a british council. [applause] nigel farage: and i -- i have a feeling, they are not going to deliver all of that. i am certain they will not deliver it unless you are strong and fighting hard in every single constituency in this country. as i say, we have won the war. we must now win the peace. for my part, today closes a chapter on what has been a pretty extraordinary few years. i honestly, looking back, i could never really have dreamt that we would achieve what we have. i have put absolutely all of me into this. [applause]
nigel farage: i literally couldn't have worked any harder, or couldn't have been more determined. in a sense, i guess it has been my life'w work to try to help and get this party to this point. i frankly don't think i could do anymore. i think, folks, i have done my bit. [cheers and applause] and as i --: but i am not giving up on politics completely. as i say, i will support the new leader. i will continue to lead a group in the european parliament. [cheers and applause] nigel farage: sitting next to mr. junker.
and making my constructive contributions. [applause] autumn to travel around some other european capitals to try to help independence and democracy movements in those countries, too. who knows? i may even go back to the united states of america at some point. i'm going to be engaged in political life without leading a political party, and it's going to leave me freer, less constrained -- [laughter] , i am really going to speak my mind.